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Cruel & Unusual (2014)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 April 2014 (Taiwan)
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Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.


Merlin Dervisevic
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Richmond-Peck ... Edgar
Bernadette Saquibal ... Maylon
Michelle Harrison ... Doris
Monsour Cataquiz Monsour Cataquiz ... Gogan
Kyle Cassie ... Lance
Mary Black ... Facilitator
Michael Eklund ... Julien
Richard Harmon ... William
Andy Thompson ... Counselor
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... Old Man
Jena Skodje ... Rebecca
Jared Ager-Foster Jared Ager-Foster ... Tyler
Fraser Kirkland Fraser Kirkland ... Ryan
Christina Jastrzembska ... Older Doris
David Milchard ... New Inmate
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Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.

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Did You Know?


The film seems to have two meanings to its title, cruel and unusual. The first obviously being the type of punishment each individual faces having to relive their horrible crimes everyday. But the second being the actual crimes themselves. Drowning children, mutulating and bludgening ones parents, committing suicide in front of ones own kids, all things cruel and unusual. Potentially saying the punishment matches the crime. See more »


Edgar: Why didn't you give me the phone?
Maylon: What phone?
Edgar: You don't remember?
Maylon: Remember what?
Edgar: What's going to happen later, after we get home.
Maylon: Later? Why don't you remind me what's going to happen later.
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References The Fifth Estate (1976) See more »


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Written by Garza, Hilton and Ghelichkhani
Courtesy of BMG/Chrysalis and ESL Music
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Low Budget Film Making Done Right
30 October 2015 | by HorrorOverEverythingSee all my reviews

I don't want to say too much about this film since I feel like the less you know about it going in the better.

For such a low budget they really did a great job with this. All the actors did a very good job, the story was excellent, and even the small soundtrack was memorable. The highlight of the movie is the original story, it's really an interesting idea and the movie does a perfect job of bringing the idea to life.

I'll keep the review very short by saying that this is definitely worth seeing. I don't think it is an amazing film, but it is clever and very original, two things that many higher budget films fail at achieving.


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5 April 2014 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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